Statement About the Detention of Alexander Sodiqov

Since 16 June 2014, Alexander Sodiqov, a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Toronto and a CUPE 3902 member, has been held in detention by security forces in Tajikistan. CUPE 3902 remains deeply concerned about the health and safety of our colleague Alexander.

Alexander was in Tajikistan conducting research on the topic of “Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia” under a contract with the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. The project is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

The detention of an academic researcher cuts to the core of the mission of university research: to produce and disseminate scholarly knowledge in an atmosphere of open expression and intellectual freedom. It is vital that all scholars have the ability to conduct research on civil society in all areas of the world. In conducting interviews in Khorog, it is our understanding that Alexander intended to further precisely these academic goals.

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Labour Day Parade

CUPE 3902 will march in the annual Labour Day Parade on September 1. Please join your local in a celebration of the Labour Movement. At the conclusion of the parade, marchers will be granted free entrance in the CNE.  For info and attendance, contact Daniel Brielmaier, External Liaison Officer, at